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Alberto de Agostini National Park

Alberto de Agostini National Park



Location: Magallanes and Antártica Chilena Region
Area: 14,600 km2 (5,637 mi2)




Description of Alberto de Agostini National Park

Alberto de Agostini National Park is a nature reserve situated in Magallanes and Antártica Chilena Region of Chile. Alberto de Agostini National Park covers an area of 14,600 km2 (5,637 mi2) of picturesque glaciers, fjords and beautiful mountains and includes the Cordillera Darwin mountain range. It is is the final stretch of the Andes before sinks into the Pacific Ocean and the Beagle Channel. The park, along with Cabo de Hornos National Park, was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.


Alberto de Agostini National Park is named after one of the most important Salesian priests in Chilean history, Father Alberto Maria De Agostini. He was an Italian missionary, explorer, photographer and writer who became widely known in the country for his discoveries, photographs and maps of the region. The region was visited by Charles Darwin, who encountered its native Fuegian peoples in the Murray Channel.




The park has a dense vegetation, which scatters the mountain ranges contrasts with the white ice of the glaciers. It is formed mainly by coigües, cinnamon, lengas and some edible species, such as the Magellan strawberry. In addition, as is common in the southern sectors, the soil contains mosses, lichens and fungi.

In the plains are the peat bogs responsible for giving life to the lands.

The marine birdlife is the main form of animal life in the park. Albatrosses, cormorants and petrels can be seen flying intermingled, towards the side of the coast. In the most wooded areas, the canquenes, and the kingfisher are the easiest to spot. From time to time, looking at the sky you can see a condor.

Among mammals, it is common to see sea elephants in the beach areas, instead towards the forests, it is the otters and coipos that are present.

In addition, this beautiful landscape appears on the obverse of the new $ 10,000 bill of the new family of Chilean banknotes.

Darwin mountain range: backbone of the park, 35 km long
Mount Darwin: maximum height of the park, with 2,488 masl
Monte Sarmiento: 2404 meters above sea level, The beauty of this mountain is highlighted by Julio Verne in "Twenty thousand leagues of underwater travel". On March 7, 1956 Carlo Mauri and Clemente Maffei, achieved their first time.
French Peak: place where two glaciers come off
Roncali Glacier and Italy: glaciers that emerge from the French Peak
Pía Glacier: snowdrift stuck in the Darwin mountain range
Garibaldi Glacier
Günter Plushow Glacier
Eagle Glacier
Brookes Glacier
Marinelli Glacier: it is the largest and has impressive ice walls

Access roads
Maritime: access is 80 nautical miles southeast of Punta Arenas. Navigation between Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams passes through the Beagle Channel, which is part of the park.





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